01 – Twenty Days, Amy Johnson’s solo flight from England to Australia

PODCAST: Episode 1, 5 mins.

20 Days – Celebrating Amy Johnson’s solo flight from England to Australia, 5th-24th May 1930.

In 1930, Amy Johnson set off on her solo flight from England to Australia. If she achieved her aim to journey in the air from Croydon to Darwin she would be the first woman to do so. Flying in her recently purchased second-hand de Havilland DH.60 Gipsy Moth – Jason – she had her sights set firmly on breaking pilot Bert Hinkler’s record for the same journey.

Twenty Days is based on Amy’s own records of her flight, on contemporary press reports and the telegrams she sent home to her parents back in Hull throughout her gruelling 20-day flight.

Rick Welton, director of Amy Johnson Arts Trust, says: “The creative team on Twenty Days has done a wonderful job, recreating the authentic sound of Amy Johnson’s voice, in the writing, the performance and the music of the online diary and podcast. They’ve created something very special in response to the circumstances we all find ourselves in because of the coronavirus pandemic.”

Dave Windass, author of Twenty Days, says: “Amy Johnson’s story is the story of a hero from Hull, a story of Hollywood proportions. The solo flight was brilliant and bizarre, with lots of humorous moments, as well as grave danger. It’s extraordinary, not least because she’d never done a long flight before she set off for Australia and, evidently, was a notoriously bad lander of planes.”

The podcast, hosted by HULL IS THIS, is being released in daily instalments in the authentic style of Amy’s own voice.

Written by Dave Windass, performed by Rachel Harris, with music by Jessica Dannheisser as part of her Orchestral Portraits album released on Audio Network covering Pioneering Women Through Time.

READ the daily diary extracts on the Amy Johnson Arts Trust website here:

Website: Amy Johnson Arts Trust

[Dave Windass – Amy Johnson Arts Trust]